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24 November 2015, 10:48
A Leicestershire schoolgirl who was missing for five days before her body was discovered in undergrowth died from head and facial injuries, an inquest has heard.
The hearing into the death of 15-year-old Kayleigh Haywood was also told that her body had to be identified by dental records.
Detective Inspector Simon Shuttleworth, the deputy senior investigating officer in the case, told Rutland and North Leicestershire Coroner's Court in Loughborough: ``The preliminary and provisional cause of death is head and facial injuries pending further tests.
``Formal identification was completed by a senior crime manager and it was by means of dental records comparison.''
The hearing took place four days after Stephen Beadman, 28, appeared before magistrates in Leicester charged with murder and rape.
Beadman, of George Avenue, Ibstock, Leicestershire, was remanded in custody to appear before a Crown Court judge on December 18.
Luke Harlow, 27, also of George Avenue, Ibstock, has been remanded in custody charged with grooming and two counts of sexual activity with a child.
The inquest was adjourned until February 24 by deputy coroner Carolyn Hull.
Police search teams found Kayleigh's body last Wednesday evening on a site near the A447 after extensive inquires in the Ibstock, Belton and Diseworth areas of Leicestershire.
The teenager, from Measham, was reported missing after being dropped off by her parents outside a school in Ibstock on November 13.